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A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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Mike Huckabee shares twelve candid and heartwarming stories from his life. The story of an early Christmas in his married life when nothing about the future was assured is one of the most touching and sincere lessons in the book. What comes shining through is that while Huckabee seems self assured and on point as a politician and political spokesman, his personal life has been one of ups and downs......not unlike the rest of us.
A Simple Christmas is a gift you should give yourself and those you love.
I highly recommend.
Peace and Merry Christmas
Whether you are a believer or not, Christmas is a time of family gathering, personal reflection of the year expiring and of course, the year to come. Most importantly, it is an affirmation and celebration of what C.S. Lewis termed "the Grand Miracle".
As is usual, the bookstores are full of re-issues of Christmas classics and new books too. They come in all varieties. There are inspiring stories that lift the spirit and others that display the many shades of faith. Each year, I try to find at least one Christmas book that offers something unique.
Such is the case with A Simple Christmas by Mike Huckabee, a former Governor of Arkansas, a Baptist minister and now host of the Huckabee program on Fox. He shares 12 stories that celebrate the true Christmas spirit--stories than can engage all audiences--not just Christians.
By turns large and small, the former Governor shows us the importance and power of simplicity for families during the Christmas season and beyond. The stories are largely autobiographical and told with unusual grace warmth and wit. You get to know Huckabee in an intimate, direct and personal way. He writes much like he speaks and you can identify with him on many levels as each story unfolds.
In the introduction, Mike uses his famous wit and humor to describe how he would have done things differently if he were God but in the end, God's "Grand Miracle" was both radically simple and superior to our sophisticated thinking. In doing so, he makes the story of Mary and Joseph become alive for us in contemporary times 2010 years later. You feel the power of simplicity.
And then, we are treated to 12 stories from childhood to now in Huckabee's personal and family life.Read more ›
As the title suggests, this collection of twelve Christmas Stories from Huckabee's life do celebrate the true Holiday Spirit. Not all of them will move the reader to tears, but they all have a moral and in a few instances it's easy to see the source of the former Arkansas Governor's conservative philosophy. This is the story of a man who lived the American Dream and moved from real poverty to the highest success that hard work and trust in God that only America offers all its residents. This is definitely an inspiring read even for the Ex-Governor's political opponents and people who simply don't like him. Some messages transcend mere politics.
For those caring to see some chapter details, with favorite quotes:
Intro: A Simple Christmas-- An earthy nativity rendition. "God spent His first few moments as a human in a food dish (manger)." p.xxvii
1 PATIENCE-- Lord, give me patience 'right now.' "I've come to terms with my "sins" of unwrapping gifts before Christmas" p14
2 SACRIFICE-- p.26 "the pain of seeing someone gather up my prized (guitar)" after the necessary sale. His parents also sacrificed their own gifts to buy this author's 1st childhood guitar. Christ sacrificed His own life.
3 LONELINESS-- "rarely...dead, death, and passed away. We just said it was "potato salad time."" p.38. Painful moments worse than cancer--loneliness.
4 FAMILY-- p.57 "not Jamestown but Georgia...dumped out of debtors prison in the old country...poorer than the dirt." Funny descriptions of members of author's family tree; nuttier than any oak or walnut tree.
5 TRADITIONS-- consistency, wholeness, tranquility, connections, certainty, & security "If there ever was a place where things stayed the same, it was church." p.79
6 CRISIS-- Cancer and "refugees from Arkansas" p. 101.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected this book to be absolutely wonderful, and it is!!! Great book!Published 7 months ago by J. Williams
Another good book by a good man who is a good writer and would make a great President. This book is a quick "read", and just perfect for the holiday season. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr.Stanley Toompas
Its a shame to me that our country missed out on the opportunity to have this man as our President. I think he would have done a world of good.Published 11 months ago by Jessica S.
I knew Mike when he was the Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, AR. I served a church in Jonesboro, AR at the same time but moved to Fl before he entered politics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeffry C. Shepherd
A sweet Christmas book. Great little gift for a conservative you know, but I think almost anyone who has special Christmas memories would enjoy it too.Published 15 months ago by Chris Z
Sounds like most of the "boomers" child hoods...We need to go back to these values....Our homes were full of family-love...We actually knew each other.Published 16 months ago by Brenda
I was a bit disappointed as it seemed that he was too self involved. The message was good but the story lacked something.Published 17 months ago by familyresearcher